Just another Alien clone, I feared. But I was wrong. Several friends had suggested watching this, and while I don’t go out of my way to watch movies which scare the hell out of me, I gave it a go.
It’s good. Well, more than good, very good, but not superb. That may be because I already knew the twist or the edge to the apparent plot, I’m not sure. I mean, it’s not a huge twist, but I’d already had a summary of the movie from several people, and so stuff didn’t come as a surprise to me.
Other than that though, it’s a very good movie. Solid performances from everyone in it, even Claudia Black of Farscape fame. Vin Diesel puts in an excellent performance, and hopefully will be in many more movies to come. The script was entertaining, interesting, the plot was entirely original but sufficiently unique to keep me interested. Cinematography was very nice, even though much of the movie is filmed in very dark situations, the lighting and camera work meant nothing was too hard to see. Some very nice set pieces in the film, which I can’t describe or it will spoil it for you.
All in all, Pitch Black was well worth getting out on DVD, and while I’m not rushing out to purchase it, I may pick it up as part of a buy one get one half price deal at some point in the future.